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What's Up With Faustina's Divine Mercy Devotion? (Cont.)


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Furthermore, this supposed 'mission' that she claims to have is problematic for a number of reasons, for example...

  • doctrinal problems with her message (e.g. see here & here)

  • the idea that Jesus would call an 'Apostle' 1,900 years after His death to proclaim new doctrine is ludicrous, not to mentioned condemned (for example, see condemned error #21 in Lamentabili Sane, The Syllabus Condemning the Errors of the Modernists: "Revelation, constituting the object of the Catholic faith, was not completed with the (original, real) Apostles."). Our faith does not allow later additions - there is nothing Jesus 'forgot' to tell us when he was here!

  • the feminist-pleasing idea that Jesus would call a woman 'Apostle' is contradictory to Scripture, Tradition, and Church teaching (for example, consider St. Paul's comment in 1 Tm. 2:12: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet."). Especially considering the disobedient women in our time who cannot accept their God given roles, are we really to believe that God would pick a woman to 'teach the Church' and call her an 'Apostle'? [Note: For more on this topic, try here]

Moreover, the idea that Faustina has an important 'mission' in the Church on earth seems to be contradicted in her very own writings, as she claims Jesus offered to make a new world for her to live in (where she would presumably no longer have a mission on earth as she would no longer even live on earth)...

"Once, I suddenly saw Jesus in great majesty, and He spoke these words to me: My daughter, if you wish, I will this instant create a new world, more beautiful than this one, and you will live there for the rest of your life." (Diary, par. 587)

This would certainly have put an end to her mission - how would she have accomplished her supposed 'mission' on earth if she lived in another world? Her 'mission' must not have been that important if Jesus offered to remove her from this world to go live there!

Also, let's not forget that the real Apostles...

  • were all men

  • were Bishops

  • had Holy Orders (don't forget that there is a direct line of succession from the Apostles to today's bishops)

  • lived during Jesus' time

  • were given authority and power (Faustina does not have such authority or power!)

  • spread the Catholic faith - not a message from a supposed 20th century apparition

  • performed miracles personally

  • were all martyred - except St. John who survived his attempted martyrdom (and martyrdom is meant here in the literal sense)

Furthermore, much of her theology seems problematic. For example, besides the various points indicated above, consider the following...

»  She claims that the Feast of Mercy God supposedly wanted is "the last hope of salvation" - and she also claims that those who do not adore God's mercy will "perish for all eternity"! Yet the annual feast of mercy is unnecessary (confession - the real 'last hope of salvation'! - is available every day, and even her version of the feast is essentially equivalent to a plenary indulgence - something that is available every day of the week). Furthermore, we cannot be required to adore God's mercy under penalty of hellfire based on a private revelation. This is an unheard of new 'mortal sin' and the Church CANNOT add to the deposit of faith that was passed on to the Apostles.

"Jesus looked at me and said, Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity." (Diary, par. 965)

»  She claims "ALL creatures, whether they know it or not, and whether they want to or not, ALWAYS fulfill My will" (Diary, par. 586, emphasis added). Tell that to rape victims concerning their perpetrators! Or to robbery victims! Or to abused children! Etc. Clearly, people act against God's will all the time. God allows evil things to happen (by His 'permissive will'), but that does NOT mean He positively wills evil.

»  She says God "claim[s] veneration for My mercy from every creature", but this was unheard of for 1,900 years and the Church CANNOT add to the deposit of faith that was passed on to the Apostles. Furthermore, Scripture says that "mercy and anger alike are with him" (Sirach 5:7), so if we were actually required to venerate His mercy, shouldn't we also be required to venerate His anger? For that matter, where in Scripture does God specifically claim veneration for any of His attributes in particular?

"I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery." (Diary, par. 1572)

»  She claims a chaplet and novena supposedly dictated by Christ bring all sorts of special favors (see below). However, we must ask...

(1) Why did Christ wait 1,900 years to give us these 'important prayers' - why did He not leave such 'important prayers' along with the Lord's Prayer when he was walking the earth?

(2) Why would Christ tell us to pray these prayers for the dying instead of doing what Holy Scripture tells us we to do (namely, get the priest to dispense the sacrament of extreme unction to the dying person)?

(3) How can a sinner be saved by another lay person's prayers if he does not repent of his own free will?

(4) How is it that the mere reciting of a chaplet - without any repentance required on the sinner's part - can supposedly mitigate God's anger? Wouldn't such a chaplet essentially be 'better than'/'more effective than' confession since confession requires repentance? - Yet such a claim is ludicrous!

(5) How can a chaplet - not a sacrament - be someone's "last hope of salvation"?

(6) And why would a priest recommend praying a chaplet (derived from a private revelation) as someone's "last hope of salvation" - rather than recommending repentance & receiving grace-giving sacraments?

(7) Why did Jesus institute the sacrament of extreme unction if all that is needed is this chaplet?

(8) Why is this chaplet - which is said on rosary beads - so heavily promoted in her writings at the expense of the Rosary itself? We know that popes & saints - and even the Blessed Virgin Mary herself - have strongly recommended the Rosary in the clearest and strongest of terms.

(9) Why does her diary also seem to ignore other traditional forms of Catholic devotion with respect to the dying - e.g. praying to St. Joseph?

Some passages from her diary regarding the chaplet and novena...

  • "When I entered my solitude, I heard these words: At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of a dying person, God's anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul, and the very depths of My tender mercy are moved for the sake of the sorrowful Passion of My Son." (Diary, par. 811)

  • "When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God." (Diary, par. 1565)

  • "The Lord told me to say this chaplet for nine days before the Feast of Mercy. It is to begin on Good Friday. By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls." (Diary, par. 796)

  • "This chaplet mitigates God's anger, as He Himself told me." (Diary, par. 1036)

  • "Once, as I was going down the hall to the kitchen, I heard these words in my soul: Say unceasingly the chaplet that I have taught you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation[!]. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy." (Diary, par. 687)

  • "The Lord's Promise: The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death." (Diary, par. 754)

  • "My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. When hardened [!] sinners say it, I will fill their souls with peace, and the hour of their death will be a happy one." (Diary, par. 1541)

  • "Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior." (Diary, par. 1541)

  • "When I looked at the plants, thirsting for the rain I was moved with pity, and I decided to say the chaplet until the Lord would send us rain. Before supper, the sky covered over with clouds, and a heavy rain fell on the earth. I had been saying this prayer without interruption for three hours. And the Lord let me know that everything can be obtained by means of this prayer." (Diary, par. 1128)

»  She claims that Christ wanted her to pray for a dying person, rather than instructing someone to call a priest for the dying person. Yet we must ask: How can a lay person praying a chaplet appease God's anger against someone else who is apparently not repentant for their sins? Why should she not do what Scripture says, namely call a priest, as indicated in Jms. 5:14-15: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters (priests) of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven."

"When I entered the chapel for a moment, the Lord said to me, My daughter, help Me to save a certain dying sinner. Say the chaplet that I have taught you for him. When I began to say the chaplet, I saw the man dying in the midst of terrible torment and struggle. His Guardian Angel was defending him, but he was, as it were, powerless against the enormity of the soul's misery. A multitude of devils was waiting for the soul. But while I was saying the chaplet, I saw Jesus just as He is depicted in the image. The rays which issued from Jesus. Heart enveloped the sick man, and the powers of darkness fled in panic. The sick man peacefully breathed his last. When I came to myself, I understood how very important the chaplet was for the dying. It appeases the anger of God." (Diary, par. 1565)

»  Despite Catholic teaching to the contrary, her diary gives the impression that sinners can attain justification on their own - e.g. by approaching God's 'sea of mercy' - apparently without need of baptism, confession, or even repentance. It also wrongly indicates that those who simply 'trust' in Mercy will receive graces and be saved - rather than those who repent and receive the sacraments.

  • "Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely [!] with the vessel of trust." (Diary, par. 1602) [Note: Vessel of trust rather than true sorrow for sin!]

  • "The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only [!], and that is – trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive." (Diary, par. 1578)

  • "Today the Lord said to me, I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death." (Diary, par. 1520)

»  She makes the surprising claim that Jesus said it was better for a priest to have spent his time proclaiming 'the worship of God's mercy' (something that does not even require Holy Orders) rather than actually dispensing mercy in the confessional (something only priests can do)!

"[August] 30. Reverend Father Sopocko left this morning. When I was steeped in a prayer of thanksgiving for the great grace that I had received from God; namely, that of seeing Father, I became united in a special way with the Lord who said to me, He is a priest after My own Heart; his efforts are pleasing to Me. You see, My daughter, that My will must be done and that which I had promised you, I shall do. Through him I spread comfort to suffering and careworn souls. Through him it pleased Me to proclaim the worship of My mercy. And through this work of mercy more souls will come close to Me than otherwise would have, even if he had kept giving absolution day and night for the rest of his life, because by so doing, he would have labored only for as long as he lived; whereas, thanks to this work of mercy, he will be laboring till the end of the world." (Diary, par. 1256)

»  She claims that God desires "that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners" (Diary, par. 50), but why is it that God supposedly wants priests to speak of His great mercy when Jesus himself usually spoke of judgment rather than of mercy? Why is it that great preachers have said that it is sermons on hell (not mercy!) that produce conversions?

»  She claims that God desires an annual feast of mercy (which she says was already in place, even though not well known at the time (see Diary, par. 341)), and it was later added to the Novus Ordo calendar, complete with a plenary indulgence. Yet, as indicated above, this annual feast that she describes was unnecessary. First of all, confession is already available every day (if not scheduled, then certainly by appointment) - and confession is THE 'tribunal of mercy'. Furthermore, her version of this feast is essentially equivalent to a plenary indulgence, and a plenary indulgence is also available every day of the week. So there was no need for this special feast that she claims God had so desired. Also, Faustina's Divine Mercy devotees' promotion of this feast - which falls the Sunday after Easter - can tend to overshadow the greatest of all feasts - Easter itself! Is it not ironic that the truly greatest feast concerning God's mercy to sinners - Easter Sunday - seems sometimes put in the background by Faustina's Divine Mercy devotees in favor of this lesser 'feast of mercy' (traditionally called 'low Sunday')? And let's not even get into the notion that she claims Christ offered a direct plenary indulgence (a supposed 'second baptism') that wasn't at that time promulgated by His own Church.

"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet [! - Yet, how would this be if the sinner already had a good confession?]. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (Diary, par. 699)

"tell the whole world of My great mercy; that whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment." (Diary, par. 300)

"He spoke these words to me: I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy." (Diary, par. 1109)

»  Despite the fact that God is absolutely perfect in all respects, she claims mercy is God's "greatest attribute"! (see below for more on this matter)

»  She claims that "Only that soul who wants it will be damned, for God condemns no one" (Diary, par. 1452), but this is NOT what scripture says. Besides being dangerous theology, it seems to go against common sense. People may want to sin, but who "wants" to be dammed? How can there be a Just Judge if all He is doing is simply giving people what they desire? Also, in Jesus' parables, we see that some persons are damned who apparently didn't want to be damned...

Lk. 16:19-31: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.' Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.' He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"

Mt. 25:31-46: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

»  Rather offensively, she calls God a 'Mother' in her writings...

"When times are most difficult, You are my Mother." (Diary, par. 239)

"Jesus, I trust in You; I trust in the ocean of your mercy. You are a Mother to me." (Diary, par. 249)

"Jesus, living Host, You are my Mother, You are my all! It is with simplicity and love, with faith and trust that I will always come to You, O Jesus! I will share everything with You, as a child with its loving mother, my joys and sorrows – in a word, everything." (Diary, par. 230)

"You are always a most tender mother to me, and You surpass all mothers." (Diary, par. 1490)

What man - much less God - would be pleased to be called a mother, even if it is done with good intentions?

»  Her diary gives the impression that God will have mercy on anyone who simply trusts in His mercy or appeals to His compassion...

"All you souls, praise the Lord's mercy by trusting in His mercy all your life and especially at the hour of your death. And fear nothing[!], dear soul, whoever you are; the greater the sinner, the greater his right to Your mercy, O Lord" (Diary, par. 598)

"He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool." (Diary, par. 723)

"Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it." (Diary, par. 420)

"I cannot punish even the greatest sinner[!] if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy." (Diary, par. 1146)

"When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls[!]." (Diary, par. 1074)

But this is problematic on a number of levels. For example...

(1) Scripture speaks clearly of the need for repentance and the proper dispositions necessary to receive God's mercy (e.g. Lk. 1:50: "His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him."). Nowhere do I see trusting in His mercy mentioned in Holy Scripture.

(2) Presumption is one of the six sins against the Holy Spirit. Yet her writings seems to dangerously lead souls down the road to presumption by insisting that sinners simply 'trust in His mercy', rather than emphasizing that they repent & amend their lives. As the Baltimore catechism teaches, "Presumption is a rash expectation of salvation without making proper use of the necessary means to obtain it" and warns that "The forgetfulness of God's justice will lead us into the sins of presumption." Clearly her writings may present a great danger of leading souls to presumption.

(3) Unlike in Scripture where we told that...

"the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23)

and that no sins or guilty persons go unpunished - e.g. "Do not plot to repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished" (Sirach 7:8) and "The Lord is slow to anger, yet great in power, and the Lord never leaves the guilty unpunished." (Nahum 1:3)

and where we are instructed to "fear God" (1 Pt. 2:17)

...she says Jesus "cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to [His] compassion"!

»  Her diary makes the novel claim that the greater the sinner, the greater right[!] he has to God's mercy ...

  • "All you souls, praise the Lord's mercy by trusting in His mercy all your life and especially at the hour of your death. And fear nothing, dear soul, whoever you are; the greater the sinner, the greater his right to Your mercy, O Lord." (Diary, par. 598)

  • "The greater the sinner, the greater his right to God's mercy" (Diary, par. 423)

  • "The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy." (Diary, par. 723)

  • "Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy." (Diary, par. 1146)

  • "You are a bottomless sea of mercy for us sinners; and the greater the misery, the more right we have to Your mercy." (Diary, par. 793)

Since when we do we have a 'right' to a gift? And why does Scripture not speak of the sinner's 'right to mercy' (as if there was such a thing!), but rather speaks of punishment for sin? For example, consider these passages...

Heb. 10:26-31: "If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries. Anyone who rejects the law of Moses is put to death without pity on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Do you not think that a much worse punishment is due the one who has contempt for the Son of God, considers unclean the covenant-blood by which he was consecrated, and insults the spirit of grace? We know the one who said: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," and again: "The Lord will judge his people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

Rom.13:4: "But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword without purpose; it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoer."

Clearly, the greater the sinner, the greater right he has to judgment, NOT to mercy. He has a greater need of mercy, NOT a greater right to mercy.

» We also see other instances in her diary where justice is apparently thrown out the window...

"Today the Lord said to me, My daughter, write down these words: All those souls who will glorify My mercy and spread its worship, encouraging others to trust in My mercy, will not experience terror at the hour of death. My mercy will shield them in that final battle..." (Diary, par. 1540)

"Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them [!], but the merciful Savior. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because justice will have no hold on it[!]." (Diary, par. 1075)

"But God has promised a great grace especially to you and to all those...who will proclaim My great mercy. I shall protect them Myself at the hour of death, as My own glory." (Diary, par. 378)

But this contracts justice. One can spend one's time 'spreading the honor of God's mercy, glorifying, encouraging trust, and spreading worship' to God's mercy, and yet still be a great sinner. Yet we are to believe such sinners will fare well at judgment? And what about the need for repentance? Again, this is omitted from her writings. Yet, how often the saints warned us to fear judgment! How often scripture tells us that God punishes sin! No propagation of any devotion will make up for failure to live up to God's requirements for salvation that are clearly laid out in Holy Scripture (e.g. performing good works, receiving the sacraments, following the commandments, etc.).

»  Her diary makes reference to an image of Jesus that was painted (there was an original version and other versions followed later) that she says God "demands" be venerated. Her diary claims graces will flow to souls by means of this 'magical image' (my term). For example, her diary states...

  • "By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so, let every soul have access to it." (Diary, par. 570)

  • "Then I heard these words: Not in the beauty of the color, nor of the brush lies the greatness of this image, but in My grace." (Diary, par. 313)

  • "I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works." (Diary, par. 742)

  • "Today I saw the glory of God which flows from the image. Many souls are receiving graces, although they do not speak of it openly." (Diary, par. 1789)

  • "I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You."" (Diary, par. 327)

  • "After a while, Jesus said to me, Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish[!]. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory." (Diary, par. 47-48)

Yet we know there can be NO new path to salvation and simply venerating an image will NOT save unrepentant sinners from hell! But, yet again, there is no call here to repentance.

Also, we know that God already instituted the sacraments to dispense His graces. He does not need to come back 1,900 years later to leave an image in order to dispense graces! Besides, sacraments give graces of themselves, whereas sacramentals do not give graces directly. [As stated in the Baltimore Catechism, "The difference between the Sacraments and the sacramentals is: 1st, The Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ and the sacramentals were instituted by the Church; 2nd, The Sacraments give grace of themselves when we place no obstacle in the way; the sacramentals excite in us pious dispositions, by means of which we may obtain grace."]

Furthermore, some think the image appears somewhat effeminate (I especially noticed this myself after a priest mentioned it to me). This is particularly noticeable in the original image.

Also, although some claim the original image matches 'exactly' with the Shroud of Turin, this is quite dubious. All one needs to do is compare the forehead and face shape on the original image to the Holy Shroud. There are clear differences in my opinion. Furthermore, if one was to cover the facial hair on the original image, it might be difficult to tell if the person represented was male or female. This is not so on the Shroud where one can clearly tell that the face on the image is masculine, even if one covers the facial hair.

The image also could be acceptable to Protestants as it is noticeably missing the Sacred Heart (some have therefore called the image 'heartless').

Furthermore, unlike many traditional images that Catholics may be used to, Faustina's Divine Mercy image has a dark (black) - and perhaps somewhat eerie - background.

Lastly, it is good to take note of the Baltimore Catechism's instruction concerning the possibility of sinning when using sacramentals: "Persons may sin in using Sacramentals by using them in a way or for a purpose prohibited by the Church; also by believing that the use of Sacramentals will save us in spite of our sinful lives. We must remember that Sacramentals can aid us only through the blessing the Church gives them and through the good dispositions they excite in us. They have, therefore, no power in themselves, and to put too much confidence in their use leads to superstition."

»  She claims that no soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to God's mercy...

"No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy" (Diary, par. 570)

However, this contradicts Catholic theology in that, while we ARE required to have faith in God in order to be justified, we are NOT required specifically to 'turn in confidence to God's mercy' in order to be justified.

»  She claims that the Feast of Mercy is "the last hope of salvation" - and she also claims that those who do not adore God's mercy will "perish for all eternity" (Diary, par. 965)! Yet the annual feast of mercy is unnecessary (Confession - the real 'last hope of salvation'! - is available every day, and even her version of the feast is essentially equivalent to a plenary indulgence - something that is also available every day). Furthermore, we cannot be required to adore God's mercy under penalty of hellfire based on a private revelation. This is an unheard of new 'mortal sin' and the Church CANNOT add to the deposit of faith that was passed on to the Apostles.

» Surprisingly, her diary claims that Jesus is 'wounded' more by lack of trust and 'disbelief' than He is by actual sin (even though sin is "the greatest evil in the world" according to the Catechism of St. John Neumann)...

"My child, all your sins have not wounded My Heart as painfully as your present lack of trust does" (Diary, par. 1486)

"Tell her that her disbelief wounds My heart more than the sins she committed" (Diary, par. 628)

»  Her diary also seems to question the need for Purgatory, at least for certain persons (she does not deny that there is a Purgatory). For example, consider this passage...

"I often attend upon the dying and through entreaties obtain for them trust in God's mercy, and I implore God for an abundance of divine grace, which is always victorious. God's mercy sometimes touches the sinner at the last moment in a wondrous and mysterious way. Outwardly, it seems as if everything were lost, but it is not so. The soul, illumined by a ray of God's powerful final grace, turns to God in the last moment with such a power of love that, in an instant, it receives from God forgiveness of sin and punishment [!], while outwardly it shows no sign either of repentance or of contrition, because souls [at that stage] no longer react to external things." (Diary, par. 1698)

Assuming here for argument's sake that the soul she references did repent internally (i.e. had perfect contrition) and thereby actually did receive forgiveness without Confession, that certainly does not remit the punishment that is due. As indicated in Holy Scripture, no sin goes unpunished (Sirach 7:8: "Do not plot to repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished").

Also, it would seem much better for Faustina to focus on praying for the necessary grace of repentance than on praying for the person to attain "trust in God's mercy".

»  All in all, Faustina's diary seems to present a rather dangerous message that God is so anxious to be merciful and so reluctant to punish - whereas Scripture says differently (e.g. Sirach 5:7: "mercy and anger alike are with Him").

As probably most parents with children over a certain age know, an overemphasis on mercy may very well result in bad behavior as there are apparently no negative consequences to be had. In the long-run, sometimes true love means not showing mercy - sometimes showing mercy isn't merciful at all! For example, consider the case of a drug addict. Showing mercy may actually help such a person continue in his addiction, rather than encourage him to change his ways. Likewise, few people may be motivated to do something difficult for their boss, judge, or other superior if this person constantly emphasized how merciful they are and likewise told of their reluctance to punish.

Who will really be motivated to amend their lives by an overemphasis on God's mercy? We see in Scripture, that Jesus wasn't a 'pushover', nor did He place a very strong emphasis on God's mercy. Rather, Jesus preached repentance (Mt. 4:17: "From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand"). The need for repentance and the threat of Hell are far more likely to prompt people to amend their ways than talking about God's mercy!

Even though Faustina assures us over and over again that the message of mercy 'snatches souls from hell', doesn't common sense tell us that an overemphasis on mercy is much more likely to lead souls towards hell than snatch souls from hell? While sinners may like to hear of God's mercy, how will this cause them to amend their ways? Especially when the message in her diary doesn't at all emphasize the need to amend one's life, but rather seeks to have sinners simply 'trust in His mercy'.

Errors & theological problems in Faustina's writings are especially troubling, given that she claims to have such a special knowledge of God (see above for examples). In her diary, she also claims that...

"There are moments when God introduces the soul to a purely spiritual state. The senses dim and are seemingly dead. The soul is most closely united to God; it is immersed in the Deity; its knowledge is complete and perfect, not sporadic as before, but total and absolute." (Diary, par. 115)

Given this claim, aren't theological errors in her writings even more unacceptable? Certainly errors wouldn't come from God!

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And this brings me to my next point, namely that Faustina wasn't always certain of her own experiences. For example, consider the following passages in her diary...

  • "In the evening during benediction, such thoughts as these began to distress me: Is not perhaps all this that I am saying about God's great mercy just a lie or an illusion..." (Diary, par. 359)

  • "Once again, a terrible darkness envelops my soul. It seems to me that I am falling prey to illusions." (Diary, par. 211)

  • "People have often sown doubt in my soul, and I myself have sometimes become frightened at the thought that I was, after all, an ignorant person and did not have knowledge of many things, above all, spiritual things" (Diary, par. 121)

  • "But I distrusted myself so much that I made up my mind to put an end to the doubts once and for all. I therefore looked forward with special eagerness to the retreat before perpetual vows. But even for many days before the retreat, I kept on asking God to give light to the priest who would hear my confession, so that he could say, once and for all, either yes or no. And I thought to myself, "I'll be set at peace once and for all."" (Diary, par. 213)

  • "At first I agreed, but the next day I decided I would not go to Mother Directress, because I was not sure whether this had happened in a dream or in reality. And so I did not go." (Diary, par. 21) [Isn't it concerning that Faustina has difficulty knowing whether something happened in a dream or in reality?]

  • "I have wasted many of God's graces because I was always afraid of being deluded." (Diary, par. 143)

  • "My only desire was that some priest would say this one word to me, "Be at peace, you are on the right road," or "Reject all this for it does not come from God." But I could not find such a priest who was sufficiently sure of himself to give me a definite opinion in the name of the Lord. And so the uncertainty continued." (Diary, par. 127)

  • "I began to avoid encounters with the Lord in my soul because I did not want to fall prey to illusions." (Diary, par. 130)

And despite all the alleged heavenly illuminations she claims she received, she also says she needs clarifications from other people ...

"I often feel that, apart from Jesus, I get no help from anyone, although sometimes I am very much in need of clarifications concerning the demands of the Lord." (Diary, par. 744)

She furthermore admits one can "easily" fall prey to illusions...

"There is a series of graces which God pours into the soul after these trials by fire. The soul enjoys intimate union with God. It has many visions, both corporeal and intellectual. It hears many supernatural words, and sometimes distinct orders. But despite these graces, it is not self-sufficient. In fact, it is even less so as a result of God's graces, because it is now open to many dangers and can easily fall prey to illusions." (Diary, par. 121)

And at one point, she even admits that her 'visions' were purely interior...

"My visions are purely interior" (Diary, par. 883)

Various other persons that knew her were also not confident in her experiences. For example, consider these passages from her diary...

  • "Once during Holy Mass, I felt in a very special way the closeness of God, although I tried to turn away and escape from Him. On several occasions I have run away from God because I did not want to be a victim of the evil spirit; since others have told me, more than once, that such is the case" (Diary, par. 40)

  • "There was one thing which I could not understand for a long time: Jesus ordered me to tell everything to my Superiors, but my Superiors did not believe what I said and treated me with pity as though I were being deluded or were imagining things." (Diary, par. 38)

  • "she is the first of the superiors who did not cause me any doubts in this regard" (Diary, par. 222)

  • "What I said to you was said as a warning, because illusions may afflict even holy persons, and Satan's insinuations may play a part in this, and sometimes this comes from our own selves, so one has to be careful." (Diary, par. 646)

  • "He said to me, "I cannot discern what power is at work in you, Sister, perhaps it is God and perhaps it is the evil spirit."" (Diary, par. 211)

  • "Oh, how much I feel I am in exile! I see that no one understands my interior life." (Diary, par. 1141)

  • "I see that even the superiors do not always understand the road along which God is leading me, and I am not surprised at this." (Diary, par. 761)

  • "For quite a long time I was regarded as one possessed by the evil spirit, and I was looked upon with pity, and the superior took certain precautionary actions in my respect. It reached my ears that the sisters also regarded me as such. And the sky grew dark around me. I began to shun these divine graces, but it was beyond my power to do so. Suddenly, I would be enveloped in such recollection that, against my will, I was immersed in God, and the Lord kept me completely dependent upon Himself." (Diary, par. 123)

  • "When I opened up my soul still more deeply, I did not obtain what I desired; it seemed to my superior that these graces [of which I was the object] were unlikely, and so I could not draw any further help from her. She told me it was impossible that God should commune with His creatures in such a way: "I fear for you, Sister; isn't this an illusion of some sort! You'd better go, Sister, and talk about these matters with your superiors." And so I would go from the superiors to the confessor and from the confessor to the superiors, and I found no peace. These divine graces became a great suffering for me. And more than once I said to the Lord directly, "Jesus, I am afraid of You; could You not be some kind of a ghost?"" (Diary, par. 122)

  • "When some inner force urged me again not to put off this matter, I was unable to find peace. I told the confessor, Father Bukowski, that I could not wait any longer. Father answered me, "Sister, this is an illusion. The Lord Jesus cannot be demanding this. You have made your perpetual vows. All this is an illusion. You are inventing some sort of heresy!" And he was shouting at me, almost at the top of his voice. I asked him whether all of this was an illusion, and He said, "Everything." "Then please tell me what course I must take." "Well, Sister, you must not follow any inspiration. You should get your mind off all this. You should pay no attention to what you hear in your soul and try to carry out your exterior duties well. Give no thought to these things and put them completely out of your mind."" (Diary, par. 643)

  • "Today, I had a conversation with Father [Andrasz] and he recommended great caution in the matter of these sudden appearances of the Lord Jesus. When he was speaking about divine mercy, some sort of strength and power entered my heart. My God, I want so much to express everything and am so very unable to do so. Father tells me that the Lord Jesus is very generous in communicating himself to souls and, on the other hand, He is, so to speak, stingy. "Although God's generosity is very great," said Father, "be careful anyway, because these sudden appearances arouse suspicion; although, personally, I do not see anything wrong here, or anything contrary to faith.* Be a little more careful, and when Mother Superior comes, you can talk to her about these things." (Diary, par. 1068) [* Note: He may not have examined everything, and he spoke to her only 'personally']

As a result of problems she encountered, Faustina stopped telling of her experiences to her superiors...

"When I saw that my mind was not being set at rest by my superiors, I decided to say nothing [to them] of these purely interior matters. Exteriorly I tried, as a good nun should, to tell everything to my superiors, but as for the needs of my soul, I spoke about these only in the confessional." (Diary, par. 123)

We also see that when others did finally believe her experiences, she apparently just disregarded all the others who did not believe in them as being wrong. We also see that those who agree with her experiences tend to be singled out for praise (even supposedly by God), while those who do not trust in them may be criticized. For example, consider this passage...

"Once, when I saw that God had tried a certain Archbishop [Jalbrzykowski] because he was opposed to the cause and distrustful of it, I felt sorry for him and pleaded with God for him, and God relieved his suffering. God is very displeased with lack of trust in Him, and this is why some souls lose many graces." (Diary, par. 595)

Notice how she equates the Archbishop's being distrustful of "the cause" with a lack of trust in God! Is the Archbishop not to use the mind God gave Him? Is this really a lack of trust in Him (God) or her (Faustina)? I think the answer is clear.

Overall, she tends to regard those who distrust her experiences as 'inexperienced', not understanding, on Satan's side, etc. She seems to give very little acknowledgement to the fact that her amazing & extraordinary claims would be hard for many sane, knowledgeable Catholics to believe simply on her own say so. Furthermore, she doesn't seem to have any clue that her writings may be problematic from a doctrinal point of view.

Although some of these doctrinal matters were covered above, briefly it is useful to elaborate a bit more on a few points, namely her diary's apparent overemphasis on and omissions concerning God's mercy.

Yes, it is true that God is merciful...

  • "His mercy endures forever" - Dan. 3:89 (et al.)

  • "All your ways are mercy and truth" - Tobit 3:2

  • "But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook the sins of men that they may repent" - Wisdom 11:23

  • "For equal to his majesty is the mercy that he shows." - Sirach 2:18

  • "Let your spirits rejoice in the mercy of God, and be not ashamed to give him praise." - Sirach 51:29

  • "Hear, O Lord, for you are a God of mercy" - Baruch 3:2

  • "God, who is rich in mercy" - Eph. 2:4

  • "So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help." - Heb. 4:16

But it is likewise true that NOT all persons will receive mercy - and those who do NOT receive mercy, do NOT fail to receive mercy simply because they lack trust. Scripture says the following about those who will receive or who will not receive mercy (note that NONE of the reasons people receive or don't receive mercy depends on trust)...

  • "I who grant mercy to whom I will." - Ex. 33:19

  • "His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him." - Lk. 1:50

  • "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." - Mt. 5:7

  • "...but bestowing mercy, down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments" - Deut. 5:10

  • "He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy."- Prov. 28:13

  • "How great the mercy of the Lord, his forgiveness of those who return to him!" - Sirach 17:24

  • "Those who worship vain idols forsake their source of mercy." - Jonah 2:9

  • "Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. Say not: 'Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive.' For mercy and anger alike are with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath. Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day; For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance, you will be destroyed." - Sirach 5:5-9

  • "And had there been but one stiffnecked man, it were a wonder had he gone unpunished. For mercy and anger alike are with him who remits and forgives, though on the wicked alights his wrath." - Sirach 16:11

  • "Great as his mercy is his punishment; he judges men, each according to his deeds." - Sirach 16:12

  • "And you have done worse than your fathers. Here you are, every one of you, walking in the hardness of his evil heart instead of listening to me. I will cast you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known; there you can serve strange gods day and night, because I will not grant you my mercy." - Jer. 16:12-13

  • "Therefore, as I live, says the Lord God, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable abominations, I swear to cut you down. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy." - Ezek. 5:11

  • "Now the end is upon you; I will unleash my anger against you and judge you according to your conduct and lay upon you the consequences of all your abominations. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy; I will bring your conduct down upon you, and the consequences of your abominations shall be in your midst; then shall you know that I am the Lord." - Ezek. 7:3-4

  • "Soon now I will pour out my fury upon you and spend my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your conduct and lay upon you the consequences of all your abominations. I will not look upon you with pity nor have mercy; I will deal with you according to your conduct, and the consequences of your abominations shall be in your midst; then shall you know that it is I, the Lord, who strike." - Ezek. 7:8-9

  • "Consequently, he has mercy upon whom he wills, and he hardens whom he wills. You will say to me then, "Why (then) does he still find fault? For who can oppose his will?" But who indeed are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Will what is made say to its maker, "Why have you created me so?" Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for a noble purpose and another for an ignoble one? What if God, wishing to show his wrath and make known his power, has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction? This was to make known the riches of his glory to the vessels of mercy, which he has prepared previously for glory, namely, us whom he has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles." - Rom. 9:18-24

  • "So speak and so act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom. For the judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment." - Jms. 2:12-13

Furthermore, Faustina's message of God being so anxious to dispense His mercy - apparently without repentance - is surely NOT the same message that is in Holy Scripture - it is certainly NOT the message that Jesus gave when he walked the earth. Scripture speaks clearly about God's mercy, but it is very balanced and necessitates the proper dispositions necessary to receive it. Her diary greatly overemphasizes mercy and practically ignores the need for repentance. Even a simple word count clearly bears this out. For example, we see ...

In the New Testament... (NAB Translation)

  • Mercy/merciful is mentioned 40 + 7 = 47 times

  • Repent* is mentioned 51 times

In all of Holy Scripture... (NAB Translation)

  • Mercy/merciful is mentioned 190 + 42 = 232 times

  • Repent* is mentioned 82 times

In Faustina's Diary... (all inclusive)

  • Mercy/merciful is mentioned 1,335 + 142 = 1,477 times

  • Repent* is mentioned 17 times

In her diary, mercy/merciful is mentioned MANY MORE times than it is in ALL of New Testament put together, whereas repent/repentance is mentioned in her diary FAR LESS than it is in Holy Scripture.

To be more exact...

  • Her diary mentions mercy/merciful 31 times for every one single time it is mentioned in the New Testament (her diary mentions mercy/merciful 1,477 times whereas the entire New Testament mentions mercy/merciful just 47 times)

  • Her diary mentions mercy/merciful 6 times for every single time it is mentioned in the entire Bible (her diary mentions mercy/merciful 1,477 times whereas the entire Bible mentions mercy/merciful just 232 times)

  • Her diary mentions repent/repentance only 17 times, yet repent/repentance is mentioned 51 times in the New Testament

  • Her diary mentions mercy more than 86 times for every one time repent/repentance is mentioned (mercy/merciful is mentioned a total of 1,477 times, whereas repent/repentance is mentioned just 17 times total)

  • In the New Testament, repent/repentance is mentioned 4 times MORE than mercy/merciful is mentioned (51 times vs. 47 times), yet her diary reverses this and mentions mercy/merciful 1460 times more than it mentions repent/repentance (1,477 times vs. 17 times)

Clearly her diary contains a LARGE OVEREMPHASIS on mercy and an BIG UNDER-EMPHASIS of the need to repent in order to obtain mercy. Additionally, even when considering the few mentions of repent/repentance that appear in her diary, it should be noted that almost none of these mentions are used in the context of calling persons to repentance. To illustrate, the following are the seventeen (17) passages in her diary that refer to repent/repentance - that is, these are the ONLY passages in her ENTIRE diary that mention repent/repentance...

[Please note: To make this point more clear, items below may be partial paragraphs where just the relevant word is contained, and the word repent/repentance is emphasized (in bold)]

  1. "O sweet Jesus, it is here You established the throne of Your mercy To bring joy and hope to sinful man, From Your open Heart, as from a pure fount, Flows comfort to a repentant heart and soul." (Diary, par. 1)

  2. "On one occasion I saw two sisters who were about to enter hell. A terrible agony tore my soul; I prayed to God for them, and Jesus said to me, Go to Mother Superior and tell her that those two sisters are in danger of committing a mortal sin. The next day I told this to the Superior. One of them had already repented with great fervor and the other was going through a great struggle." (Diary, par. 43)

  3. "Once the Lord said to me, My Heart was moved by great mercy towards you, My dearest child, when I saw you torn to shreds because of the great pain you suffered in repenting for your sins." (Diary, par. 282)

  4. "See what grace and reflection made out of the greatest criminal. He who is dying has much love: "Remember me when You are in paradise." Heartfelt repentance immediately transforms the soul. The spiritual life is to be lived earnestly and sincerely." (Diary, par. 388)

  5. "Rejoice, all you creatures, for you are closer to God in His infinite mercy than a baby to its mother's heart. O God, You are compassion itself for the greatest sinners who sincerely repent." (Diary, par. 423)

  6. "All night long, I was preparing to receive Holy Communion, since I could not sleep because of physical suffering. My soul was flooded with love and repentance." (Diary, par. 717)

  7. "The repentance of my heart is linked to love." (Diary, par. 852)

  8. "O Jesus, how sorry I feel for poor sinners. Jesus, grant them contrition and repentance." (Diary, par. 908)

  9. "Small practices for Lent. Although I wish and desire to do so, I cannot practice big mortifications as before, because I am under the strict surveillance of the doctor. But I can practice little things: first – sleep without a pillow; keep myself a little hungry; every day, with my arms outstretched, say the chaplet ...occasionally, with arms outstretched, for an indefinite period of time, pray informally. Intention: to beg divine mercy for poor sinners, and for priests, the power to bring sinful hearts to repentance." (Diary, par. 934)

  10. "O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord." (Diary, par. 1052)

  11. "Today I wore a chain belt for seven hours in order to obtain the grace of repentance for that soul." (Diary, par. 1248)

  12. "Especially in the tribunal of Your mercy does my soul meet an ocean of favors, though You did not give the Fallen Angels time to repent" (Diary, par. 1489)

  13. "Tell My priests that hardened sinners will repent on hearing their words" (Diary, par. 1521)

  14. "... while outwardly it shows no sign either of repentance or of contrition" (Diary, par. 1698)

  15. "I called convents into being to sanctify the world through them. It is from them that a powerful flame of love and sacrifice should burst forth. And if they do not repent and become enkindled by their first love, I will deliver them over to the fate of this world" (Diary, par. 1702)

  16. "I cannot love a soul which is stained with sin; but when it repents, there is no limit to My generosity toward it." (Diary, par. 1728)

  17. "During this reading, my soul was filled with deep repentance." (Diary, par. 1766)

The above represents EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE in her entire diary where repent/repentance is mentioned. These few occasions where repent/repentance appear in her diary are greatly overshadowed by frequent mention of the terms mercy/merciful. Her diary is hardly a call to repentance! Nor do such few mentions of repentance really emphasize any real need for repentance in order to obtain mercy (read the passages above and see for yourself). Furthermore, these few mentions of repentance in her diary get practically lost in the 200,000+ word treatise of hers. This is in clear & stark contrast to the New Testament in which we see the need for repentance being central/essential. For example, we find these passages in the New Testament...

  • "In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" - Mt. 3:1-2

  • "From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." - Mt. 4:17

  • "John (the) Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." - Mk. 1:4

  • "After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."" - Mk 1:14-15

  • "He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits... So they went off and preached repentance." - Mk. 6:7, 6:12

  • "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. He went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins" - Lk. 3:1-3

  • "He said to them in reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!" - Lk. 13:2-5

  • "I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance." - Lk.15:7

  • "In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents." - Lk.15:10

  • "And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem." - Lk. 24:46-47

  • "Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did; but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away" - Acts 3:17-19

  • "John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel" - Acts 13:24

  • "God has overlooked the times of ignorance, but now he demands that all people everywhere repent" - Acts 17:30

  • "And so, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. On the contrary, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached the need to repent and turn to God, and to do works giving evidence of repentance." - Acts 26:19-20

  • "The present heavens and earth have been reserved by the same word for fire, kept for the day of judgment and of destruction of the godless. But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." - 2 Pt. 3:7-9

As a final proof that repentance is not central or emphasized in Faustina's writings, note that a word count of her diary shows that the following words (among many others) are mentioned more often than repent/repentance are mentioned...

  • joy (mentioned 223 times)

  • interior (mentioned 179 times)

  • suddenly (mentioned 142 times)

  • profound* (mentioned 74 times)

  • omnipoten* (mentioned 52 times)

  • ground* (mentioned 38+ times)

  • cloth* (mentioned 26+ times)

  • thirst* (mentioned 23 times)

  • tired* (mentioned 22 times)

Even the word 'crystal' is mentioned 16 times (just one shy of the number of times repent/repentance is mentioned - namely, 17 times).

Besides the lack of mention regarding the need for repentance to obtain mercy, her diary also seems to focus on mercy at expense of fear of the Lord. Her diary explicitly tells sinners (apparently even non-repentant sinners) NOT to be afraid...

  • "Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me." (Diary, par. 50) [Notice that this doesn't say 'repentant sinner']

  • "Let the weak, sinful souls have no fear to approach Me" (Diary, par. 1059) [Again, this doesn't say 'repentant sinful souls']

  • "Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet." (Diary, par. 699) [Again, no talk about repenting]

  • "Tell sinful souls not to be afraid to approach Me" (Diary, par. 1396) [Still no talk about repentance]

Yet we know that Holy Scripture: (1) tells us to fear God, (2) is critical of those who don't fear the Lord (for example, see Ps. 55:20, Rom. 3:13-18), (3) praises fear of the Lord, and (4) even tells us to work out our salvation "with fear and trembling" (see Phil. 2:12). Below are some sample passages from Holy Scripture...

  • "The last word, when all is heard: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is man's all" - Eccl. 12:13

  • "With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests." - Sirach 7:29

  • "Whose offspring can be in honor? Those of men. Which offspring are in honor? Those who fear God. Whose offspring can be in disgrace? Those of men. Which offspring are in disgrace? Those who transgress the commandments." - Sirach 10:19

  • "Give honor to all, love the community, fear God, honor the king." - 1 Pt. 2:17

  • "He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, for his time has come to sit in judgment. Worship him who made heaven and earth and sea and springs of water."" - Rv. 14:7

  • "The fear of God is a paradise of blessings; its canopy, all that is glorious." - Sirach 40:27

  • "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it." - Ps. 111:10

  • "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise." - Prov. 1:7

  • "The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." - Prov. 9:10

  • "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that a man may avoid the snares of death." - Prov. 14:27

  • "The fear of the Lord is training for wisdom, and humility goes before honors." - Prov. 15:33

  • "Fear of the Lord is glory and splendor, gladness and a festive crown." - Sirach 1:9

  • "The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, which is formed with the faithful in the womb." - Sirach 1:12

  • "Fullness of wisdom is fear of the Lord; she inebriates men with her fruits." - Sirach 1:14

  • "The root of wisdom is fear of the Lord; her branches are length of days." - Sirach 1:18

  • "Wealth and vigor build up confidence, but better than either, fear of God. Fear of the Lord leaves nothing wanting; he who has it need seek no other support" - Sirach 40:26

  • "Fear of the Lord surpasses all else. its possessor is beyond compare." - Sirach 25:11

  • "Unless you earnestly hold fast to the fear of the Lord, suddenly your house will be thrown down." - Sirach 27:3

There is no talk here about the sinner simply 'trusting in God's mercy'. Rather, Scripture warns sinners in no uncertain terms that "it is a fearful thing" to "fall into the hands of the living God"...

"If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries. Anyone who rejects the law of Moses is put to death without pity on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Do you not think that a much worse punishment is due the one who has contempt for the Son of God, considers unclean the covenant-blood by which he was consecrated, and insults the spirit of grace? We know the one who said: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay," and again: "The Lord will judge his people." It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." - Heb. 10:26-31

Any who might point to 1 John 4:18 regarding there being "no fear in love" ["There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love"], should take heed of the footnote to this passage in the Douay Rheims bible...

"Perfect charity, or love, banisheth human fear, that is, the fear of men; as also all perplexing fear, which makes men mistrust or despair of God's mercy; and that kind of servile fear, which makes them fear the punishment of sin more than the offence offered to God. But it no way excludes the wholesome fear of God's judgments, so often recommended in holy writ; nor that fear and trembling, with which we are told to work out our salvation."

Clearly sinners who are sincerely repentant should not have fear to approach God to make amends for their deeds, but this is not the message that her diary gives. As indicated above, her diary practically excludes the entire notion of repentance altogether and exchanges it for a simple 'trust in God's mercy'.

While it is true that God's mercy is great, her writings may (dangerously) bring people to think & act as if God has no wrath against - or that He would not exercise judgment on - those who simply 'trust in Him'. In her diary, there is almost no talk about repentance, contrition, an intention to amend one's life, making restitution, etc., even though these are all necessary for forgiveness. She paints an image of God that seems to contradict passages like these in Holy Scripture...

"A jealous and avenging God is the Lord, an avenger is the Lord, and angry; The Lord brings vengeance on his adversaries, and lays up wrath for his enemies" - Nahum 1:2

"Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. Say not: 'Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive.' For mercy and anger alike are with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath. Delay not your conversion to the Lord, put it not off from day to day; For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance, you will be destroyed." - Sirach 5:5-9

"God is a just judge, who rebukes in anger every day." - Ps. 7:12

Compare the above Scripture passages with the Jesus of her diary who supposedly says: "My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice." (Diary, par. 1588)

Her writings also give the impression that for some people there may be no repaying for or consequences for sins. Yet scripture says...

"Do not plot to repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished." - Sirach 7:8

"Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows" - Gal. 6:7

"Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds." - Rv. 22:12

"I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. Then another scroll was opened, the book of life. The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls. The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades gave up their dead. All the dead were judged according to their deeds." - Rv. 20:12-13

"Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation. I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me." - Jn. 5:25-30

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." - Mt. 25:31-46

We see clearly in Holy Scripture that Jesus is a just judge - one who judges deeds - and that no sin will go unpunished. Yet she paints a picture of a very merciful (rather than just) judge who is always ready to dispense mercy to whoever trusts in Him (apparently without even the need for contrition or repentance) and one who is reluctant to exercise justice or punish sin. Clearly, this is NOT the same picture that we see in Holy Scripture!

Also, Faustina repeatedly - and erroneously - refers to God's mercy as His 'greatest attribute' (she even states that mercy "surpasses[!] all His other qualities" - see Diary, par. 611). For example, consider the following passages from her diary...

  • "Oh, how great is the mercy of the Lord; it surpasses all His other qualities! Mercy is the greatest attribute of God" (Diary, par. 611)

  • "Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God." (Diary, par. 301)

  • "The mercy of the Lord I will sing forever, Before all the people will I sing it, For it is God's greatest attribute And for us an unending miracle." (Diary, par. 522)

  • "Let Your mercy resound throughout the orb of the earth, and let is rise to the foot of Your throne, giving praise to the greatest of Your attributes; that is, Your incomprehensible mercy." (Diary, par. 835)

  • "... how ardently I desire to glorify this greatest of Your attributes; namely, Your unfathomable mercy." (Diary, par. 835)

  • "Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy" (Diary, par. 1225)

  • "It will be the reflection of God's greatest attribute; that is, His divine mercy." (Diary, par. 664)

Yet, mercy cannot really be God's 'greatest attribute'. If mercy is God's 'greatest attribute', this would mean His other attributes (e.g. goodness, wisdom, love, etc.) are not as great - which is clearly absurd! Also, if mercy was truly God's greatest attribute, that would mean the He does not have equal perfections - which is clearly wrong as God is perfect in all respects. Also, we must ask...

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why does scripture say "mercy and anger alike are with Him" (see Sirach 5:7, 16:11)

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why had the Church not taught this - or even heard of this - for 1,900 years? Why did Jesus not teach this when he walked the earth? Why did no one know this for the thousands of years of human history? Why didn't God mention it before? And why did He put mercy on par with anger if mercy is "greatest"?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why is it sinful to presume it? If mercy is His "greatest attribute", why should we not expect it?

  • Considering that God never needed to make a creature (He only chose to create us out of His goodness), and that without creatures God would never have an opportunity to exercise mercy, how can mercy be considered God's "greatest attribute"?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why is it Faustina claimed He wanted to set up a congregation to beg for His mercy? We don't have to beg for His other attributes (e.g. love or goodness)

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why is it sometimes denied? His other attributes are never denied or withheld (e.g. goodness, wisdom)

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", how is it that we - His insignificant creatures by comparison - can stop Him from giving mercy to us? We can't stop His love or His goodness, but we can stop His mercy, so how can mercy be the "greatest" attribute?

  • Unlike other attributes of God (e.g. wisdom, love, goodness), His mercy may be partially dependent on OUR actions (e.g. asking for mercy). So how can mercy therefore be His greatest attribute?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why was it 'dormant' from all eternity until after creatures were made, after the fall? His other attributes (e.g. wisdom, love, goodness), weren't dormant from all eternity

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why was it denied to His first creatures (the angels - namely those angels who fell)?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why is there a hell? If the answer is justice, than how can mercy be the "greatest attribute" if justice can win out over mercy? Doesn't that mean justice is greater than mercy? If you answer that the condemned "chose" their lot, then you are saying human beings' choice is effectively greater than God's "greatest attribute"?!

  • How is it that mercy is supposed to be God's "greatest attribute", but what we need mercy for is to save us from His punishments?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute" how is it that Faustina could claim Jesus doesn't want purgatory but His justice "demands" it? If mercy was His "greatest attribute" wouldn't mercy win out?

  • If mercy is God's "greatest attribute", why are few saved rather than many? [Mt. 22:14: "Many are invited, but few are chosen.", And: Mt. 7:13-14: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." And: Lk. 13:23-24: "Someone asked [Jesus], 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?' He answered them, 'Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.'"] Don't answer that they chose to be damned because we see in Scripture that persons are damned who apparently didn't want to be damned (see above).

Are we really supposed to believe that Jesus - who is perfect in every regard - picked out a single attribute of His - one that He wouldn't ever even use if not for us creatures - as His GREATEST? That He is therefore saying His other attributes are LESS great? Seriously? While no one is denying that God's mercy is very great, it seems very doctrinally unsound to claim that mercy is His "greatest" attribute. Also, keep in mind that it is one thing for an individual to have an opinion that mercy is God's "greatest attribute", whereas it's quite another thing to believe that Jesus said mercy is His "greatest" attribute!

I cannot emphasize enough how critical this concept of mercy being God's "greatest attribute" is to Faustina's message and devotion. If mercy is not God's "greatest attribute", her writings concerning God's mercy would seem to unravel as the message seems to be 'built' on this assertion (that is supposedly uttered by and emphasized by Christ). Yet, this assertion cannot possibly be true. So what does that say about her devotion and her writings?

But, as is clear from above, this is not the only point of her writings that appears doctrinally unsound. Another especially troubling aspect of her writings is the idea that those who simply "trust" in God's mercy will receive it. Surprisingly, she makes very little mention of people going to Confession to receive mercy* -- yet this is precisely where Jesus himself established that God's mercy would be dispensed. It is the priest who has the power to bestow God's mercy, as Scripture indicates...

[* Note: She does mention that the tribunal of mercy is Confession, but: (1) it is not at all emphasized, and (2) this reference doesn't appear until paragraph 1448, close to 2/3 of the way through her entire 200,000+ word diary.]

"And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."" - Jn. 20:22-23 [Note here that priests have the power to both forgive AND retain sins. Priests cannot always dispense forgiveness/mercy in the confessional.]

Also, this power of dispensing mercy was granted ONLY to the Apostles (and to their lawful successors & to priests). Yet Sister Faustina claims she herself has the power to dispense God's mercy (outside the confessional). In her diary, she claims Jesus told her...

  • "You, who are the dispenser of My mercy, tell all the world about My goodness, and thus you will comfort My Heart." (Diary, par. 580)

  • "Relieve My deathly sorrow; dispense My mercy." (Diary, par. 975)

  • "My daughter, I desire that your heart be an abiding place of My mercy. I desire that this mercy flow out upon the whole world through your [!] heart." (Diary, par. 1777)

She also claims she has the power to dispense graces...

"I heard these words, Do whatever you wish, distribute graces as you will, to whom you will and when you will." (Diary, par. 31)

And she says that Jesus wants people to adore His mercy - or else they will be condemned...

"If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity." (Diary, par. 965)

Which begs the questions: If we must adore God's mercy to be saved, why is this not mentioned in Holy Scripture? Why was this not taught from Apostolic times? Why do we not have to likewise adore His just anger since Scripture says "mercy and anger alike are with him" (Sirach 5:7)? And, curiously, why is it that Faustina's 'message of mercy' threatens damnation for a brand new 'mortal sin' that was never before heard of? Is this merciful?

Some additional thoughts concerning her theology with reference to trusting / adoring God's mercy...

  • Scripture says Jesus "will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct" (Mt. 16:27), not according to whether or not they worshipped His mercy or trusted in it

  • It is very possible to simultaneously be very trusting in Jesus' mercy and also be in a state of mortal sin. Yet, it is of faith that a person who died in this state would go to Hell, not heaven - despite the great trust!

  • Scripture tells us over and over again that we will be judged according to deeds, yet Faustina's devotion puts forth the idea that we will be judged according to whether or not we had trust in or worshipped His mercy - now He will render not according to works, but according to our 'trust'? How many passages of scripture does this contradict!

  • Scripture tells us that "If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love" (Jn. 15:10). Scripture does NOT say "if you trust in my mercy you will remain in my love"!

  • How is it that the whole message of scripture seems to be directing us to live in accordance with God's laws - not worshipping His mercy - something which isn't even mentioned by Jesus - yet we are to believe our salvation now depends on worshiping His mercy?

  • Why does Jesus tell us in Scripture to prepare for His coming by being watchful if what we are really supposed to be doing is trusting in His mercy?

  • How can it be that simply trusting/worshipping mercy will be enough when Scripture says "Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9-10)?

  • How can her version of Jesus place an such emphasis on adoring mercy/trusting in mercy when scripture tells us that "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (Jms. 1:27)? If adoring His mercy was so important, why didn't it even rate a mention?

  • If people need to adore God's mercy to be saved, isn't this a rather large thing to be left out of Scripture - and out of all of the Church's history & tradition? Why is talk of adoring God's mercy or trusting it entirely omitted from Holy Scripture if it is so important and necessary?

  • How can it be a sin to NOT trust in His mercy? If 'not trusting' in His mercy is a mortal sin, why is it the that Church always taught the opposite - that is, against presumption? The Church has always promoted a proper balance between despair and presumption, but Faustina's devotion very heavily tends towards presumption

  • If this emphasis on 'trusting' in God's mercy is true, why does Scripture tell us Christ is the source of salvation "for all who obey him" (Heb. 5:9), rather than for all those who trust in Him & worship His mercy?

  • Given the clear teaching of Scripture and the constant teaching of the Church regarding judgment, how can people seriously believe they will stand before the tribunal of Christ and receive their sentence according to their 'trust' in God's mercy rather than according to their actual deeds?

  • How is it that Scripture speaks of "the elect" as being the ones who are saved - and that these people are NOT put forth merely as being persons who "trusted in God's mercy"?

  • How is it possible that followers of this devotion are to believe that they will be saved if they adore/trust in God's mercy while they disobey God? Scripture says "whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him" (Jn. 3:36) - no matter how trusting they may be in God's mercy!

  • How does a sinner's adoring God's mercy and trusting in it make him worthy to stand before God when nothing unclean can enter heaven? ("but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any one who does abominable things or tells lies." - Rv. 21:27)

  • If failing to worship/trust in God's mercy results in damnation, why does Scripture paint a different picture of those who will be left out (e.g. "But as for cowards, the unfaithful, the depraved, murderers, the unchaste, sorcerers, idol-worshipers, and deceivers of every sort, their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulfur, which is the second death." - Rv. 21:8)?

  • Why do we see much in the Apocalypse/Revelation about "fury and wrath" - rather than calls to trust in God's mercy? Especially how is this so considering that this devotion is supposed to be a preparation for Christ's second coming?

  • Scripture could not be more clear about what judgment is based on - and it is NOT trust in or adoration of God's mercy (e.g. "I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds" - Rv. 22:12), so why do Faustina's writings base judgment on adoration of & trust in God's mercy?

Clearly there are points of her writings that attempt to impose new doctrine, but Catholics are called to reject such items. New doctrinal additions to the faith are NOT acceptable! The Church has always taught this, and Scripture also instructs us...

  • "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach (to you) a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!" - Gal. 1:8-9

  • "See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ." - Col. 2:8

  • "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching." - Heb. 13:8-9

  • "Anyone who is so "progressive" as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." - 2 Jn. 1:9-11

  • "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry." - 2 Tm. 4:1-5

Furthermore, it is clear that Faustina's version of Jesus seems so different from the real Jesus that we see in Holy Scripture, both in terms of His speech and His actions. For example, who can picture the Jesus of Holy Scripture (or in some cases, any man) speaking in the way Faustina claims Jesus spoke in her diary...

  • "Tell your confessor that I commune with your soul in such an intimate manner because you do not steal My gifts" (Diary, par. 1069)

  • "Your sincere love is as pleasing to My Heart as the fragrance of a rosebud at morningtide, before the sun has taken the dew from it. The freshness of your heart captivates Me; that is why I united Myself with you more closely than with any other creature" (Diary, par. 1546)

  • "Do you think that I will not have enough omnipotence to support you?" (Diary, par. 527)

  • "Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart" (Diary, par. 1074)

  • "I am the Lord in My essence and am immune to orders or needs." (Diary, par. 85)

  • "I understand you because I am God-Man." (Diary, par. 797)

  • "Know, My daughter, that the simpler your speech is, the more you attract Me to yourself." (Diary, par. 797)

  • "Jesus stood by my side and said. My daughter, what are you thinking about right now?" (Diary, par. 960)

  • "I saw the Lord Jesus leaning over me, and He asked, My daughter, what are you writing?" (Diary, par. 1693)

  • "This evening, the Lord asked me, Do you not have any desires in your heart?" (Diary, par. 1700)

  • "That evening Jesus said to me, I want you to stay home." (Diary, par. 64)

  • "I am concerned about every beat of your heart. Every stirring of your love is reflected in My Heart. I thirst for your love." (Diary, par. 1542)

  • "My daughter, I assure you of a permanent income on which you will live. Your duty will be to trust completely in My goodness, and My duty will be to give you all you need." (Diary, par. 548)

  • "Know that you are now on a great stage where all heaven and earth are watching you." (Diary, par. 1760)

  • Etc. [Note: See below for more examples]

Or who can picture the Jesus of Holy Scripture being the 'hugger' that he is portrayed as being in Faustina's diary...

  • "I saw the Lord, who clasped to me to His Heart" (Diary, par. 928)

  • "Jesus pressed me to His Heart" (Diary, par. 853)

  • "During Holy Mass, I saw the Lord, who said to me, Lean your head on My breast and rest. The Lord pressed me to His Heart..." (Diary, par. 1053)

  • "Today, the Lord visited me, pressed me to His Heart and said, Rest, My little child, I am always with you." (Diary, par. 1011)

  • Etc. [Note: See below for more examples]

Likewise, the Blessed Virgin Mary seems quite different in Faustina's diary than we know her to be from Holy Scripture (e.g. hugging, wearing transparent clothing, handing off Jesus and disappearing, etc.) (see below)

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Faustina's accounts also seem to contradict - or at least not be on the same page as - Marian apparitions at Fatima which occurred near the same time that Faustina wrote (1917 and later, vs. 1930's). For example, consider these differences between the Fatima apparitions and Faustina's writings...

  • Fatima gives a very Catholic 'heavenly peace plan' that involves stopping sin, praying the Rosary daily, doing the consecration, wearing the scapular, performing penance/acts of reparation, etc. In contrast, Faustina writes...

"Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace." (Diary, par. 1074)

"Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (Diary, par. 300)

"Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (Diary, par. 699)

  • Fatima emphasizes repentance & penance, whereas Faustina emphasizes mercy

  • At Fatima, a great sign was given to prove the apparition's authenticity, whereas Faustina's apparitions were not accompanied by a great sign

  • Unlike the message at Fatima that didn't contradict itself and contained prophecies which came true, Faustina's writings contain contradictions (see below) & prophecies that did not come true (see below)

  • At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary urged us to pray the Holy Rosary, whereas Faustina urges that we use rosary beads to instead pray a chaplet that she dictates (rather than using the beads to pray the Rosary)

  • At Fatima, there is a warning of chastisement due to sin, whereas Faustina's writings seem to let sinners off the hook (e.g. by simply having them 'trust in God's mercy'), without even emphasizing that sinners need to change their ways

  • At Fatima, there is a call to devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whereas Faustina focuses on adoring & trusting in God's mercy. Rather than emphasizing devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Faustina's writings typically show that Mary was there to comfort & assist Faustina

  • At Fatima, we are encouraged to amend our ways and make reparation, whereas Faustina's writings encourage us to 'trust in God's mercy' and venerate an image (neither of which lead a person to holiness)

  • Mary called for a consecration of Russia at Fatima, yet Faustina never mentions this fact even though the consecration had not been done. (I believe Our Lady first mentioned the consecration she would later request on July 13, 1917, and she asked for the consecration on June 13, 1929, whereas Faustina's writings were in made the 1930's.) So if the Blessed Virgin was appearing to her as well, why was there no mention of this consecration in her diary?

  • Bl. Jacinta of Fatima said that "The Blessed Mother can no longer restrain the hand of her Divine Son from striking the world with just punishment for its many crimes", yet Faustina's focus is not on repentance or stopping sin, but rather 'trusting God's mercy'

Overall both apparitions have a very different focus and a very different message. Fatima is distinctly Catholic and ties in well with tradition & Holy Scripture. Faustina's writings, on the other hand, sometime appear to favor Protestant ideas. For example, consider these points of affinity between Faustina's Divine Mercy devotion & Protestantism...

  • Her writings seems to put forth another type of 'saved by faith alone' doctrine (e.g. with its emphasis on belief in/trusting in God's mercy for salvation - perhaps Faustina's could be called a 'trust alone' doctrine)

  • Her writings promise mercy for those who believe ('trust'), rather for than those who repent and act rightly

  • Her writings tend to de-emphasize the importance of the sacraments for attaining mercy

  • Her writings tend to de-emphasize the power of the priest for obtaining mercy

  • Her writings tend to substitute the need for amending one's life with a mere faith (or rather, a mere 'trust' in mercy)

  • Her writings give the idea that there are shortcuts to salvation (e.g. 'trusting in God's mercy')

  • She puts forth an image which can be used by Protestants (it is 'heartless', as it does not contain the Sacred Heart of Jesus - a traditional Catholic image which may offend Protestants)

  • She promotes 'priest-less deaths' (her devotion urges praying the chaplet for the dying, but doesn't suggest calling a priest)

  • Her writings help foster a Protestant mentality (e.g. presumption of mercy / no fear of judgment for those who believe ('trust'))

  • Etc.

Faustina's writings also have much to please modernists ("the worst enemies of the Church" according to Bl. Pope Pius IX). For example...

  • Barren churches: "There were no decorations and no kneelers in the chapel." (Diary, par. 613) [Note: Click here for 'Church Talk' Reflections]

  • Lack of vestments: "Today, I saw how the Holy Mysteries were being celebrated without liturgical vestments and in private homes, because of a passing storm" (Diary, par. 991) [Note: Click here for Priests & Vocations Reflections]

  • Egalitarian: "There will be no distinction between the sisters, no mothers, no reverends, no venerables, but all will be equal" (Diary, par. 538)

  • Lay dress: "The persons living in this convent were still wearing lay clothes, but a thoroughly religious spirit reigned there, and I was organizing everything just as the Lord wanted." (Diary, par. 1154) And "There will never be any splendid houses, but only a small church with a small community consisting of a few souls, not more than ten, plus two externs to look after the external affairs of the community and the church. These two sisters will not wear the habit, but secular dress; they will take simple vows, and they will depend strictly on the superior who will be cloistered." (Diary, par. 536) [Note: Click here for 'Church Talk' Reflections]

  • Head uncovered/women in sanctuary: "Then I saw the Mother of God in a white garment and blue mantle, with Her head uncovered [!]. She approached me from the altar [!], touched me with Her hands and covered me with Her mantle, saying, Offer these vows for Poland. Pray for her." (Diary, par. 468) And "I [Faustina] quickly took my place [!] on the altar." (Diary, par. 31) [Note: Click here for Catholic Women Topic Page]

  • Laity handling holy objects: "When I re-entered my cell, I saw the ciborium with the Blessed Sacrament, and I heard this voice, Take this ciborium and bring it to the tabernacle. I hesitated at first, but when I approached and touched it, I heard these words, Approach each of the sisters with the same love with which you approach Me; and whatever you do for them, you do it for Me. A moment later, I saw that I was alone." (Diary, par. 285) And: "I went in spirit to the Tabernacle and uncovered the ciborium, leaning my head on the rim of the cup, and all my tears flowed silently toward the Heart of Him who alone understands what pain and suffering is." (Diary, par. 1454) And: "A hand placed the ciborium in front of me, and I took it in my hands" (Diary, par. 640) [Note: Click here for "Lay 'Eucharistic Ministers': Why Not?"]

  • Laity handling the Holy Eucharist: "And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came to rest in my hands and I, with joy [not fear!], placed it back in the tabernacle. This was repeated a second time, and I did the same thing. Despite this, it happened a third time, but the Host was transformed into the living Lord Jesus, who said to me, I will stay here no longer! At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose up in my soul, I answered, "And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus!" [!] And again Jesus disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. [!] Once again I put it back in the chalice and closed it up in the tabernacle. And Jesus stayed with us. I undertook to make three days of adoration by way of reparation." (Diary, par. 44) [Note: Click here for 'Communion in the Hand: Why Not?']

  • Communion in the hand: "This was my day for keeping watch before the Lord Jesus. It was my duty to make amends to the Lord for all offenses and acts of disrespect and to pray that, on this day, no sacrilege be committed. This day, my spirit was set aflame with special love for the Eucharist. It seemed to me that I was transformed into a blazing fire. When I was about to receive Holy Communion, a second Host fell onto the priest's sleeve, and I did not know which host I was to receive. After I had hesitated for a moment, the priest made an impatient gesture with his hand to tell me I should receive the host. When I took the Host he gave me, the other one fell onto my hands. The priest went along the altar rail to distribute Communion, and I held the Lord Jesus in my hands all that time. When the priest approached me again, I raised the Host for him to put it back into the chalice, because when I had first received Jesus I could not speak before consuming the Host, and so could not tell him that the other had fallen. But while I was holding the Host in my hand, I felt such a power of love that for the rest of the day I could neither eat nor come to my senses. I heard these words from the Host: I desired to rest in your hands, not only in your heart. And at that moment I saw the little Jesus. But when the priest approached, I saw once again only the Host." (Diary, par. 160) - And keep in mind that this was before the disobedience of Communion in the hand was tolerated! [Note: Click here for 'Communion in the Hand: Why Not?']

  • God's presence in general vs. Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist: "During Holy Mass, I again saw the little Infant Jesus, extremely beautiful, joyfully stretching out His little arms to me. After Holy Communion, I heard the words: I am always in your heart; not only when you receive Me in Holy Communion, but always." (Diary, par. 575) [Note: Click here for Reflections on the Real Presence]

  • Woman to instruct priests (contrary to scripture): "My daughter, speak to priests about this inconceivable mercy of Mine." (Diary, par. 177) [Note: Click here for 'Top Reasons Why Women Can't Be Priests']

  • Laity/women sent forth to teach (based on Faustina's erroneous vision of the Ascension): "Today I accompanied the Lord Jesus as He ascended into heaven. It was about noon. I was overcome by a great longing for God. It is a strange thing, the more I felt God's presence, the more ardently I desired Him. Then I saw myself in the midst of a huge crowd of disciples and apostles, together with the Mother of God. Jesus was telling them…. Go out into the whole world and teach in My name." (Diary, par. 1710) [Note: Besides the fact that women teaching contradicts Holy Scripture (see above), her vision is also in error on another level. Namely, the Gospel account of the Ascension in Mark 16:14-20 does NOT indicate that there was "a huge crowd of disciples and apostles, together with the Mother of God" who were sent to teach. Rather, it states that Jesus commissioned the eleven (all male) apostles: "But later, as the eleven [!] were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs."]  [Note: Click here for Reflections on Priests / The Priesthood]

Her writings also risk doing damage / producing bad fruit - possibly even leading to the loss of souls! For example devotees of this devotion...

  • may lack necessary repentance

  • may not be motivated to amend their lives

  • may be guilty of the sin of presumption

  • may omit sacraments

  • may neglect other devotions and therefore lose benefits to be had from those true devotions

  • may fail to receive the last sacraments at death (as they may not see the importance of the sacraments relative to Faustina's claims regarding the chaplet) - possibly to the loss of their souls

  • may be encouraged to spend their time promoting this devotion (in order to receive the supposed benefit of faring well at judgment) instead of working on their personal holiness - something that actually may have helped them to fare well at judgment

  • may be subject to special difficulties at death (for example, devotees may agonize at death because they simultaneously feel they are supposed to trust in God's mercy (presume their salvation), yet Catholic teaching urges them to have reasonable fear regarding judgment. Persons who have the proper disposition regarding judgment may simultaneously feel they are failing to 'trust in God's mercy - it could be a vicious cycle)

The devotion may also...

  • sow confusion / errors

  • cast doubt on Catholic doctrine (e.g. need for confession)

  • Protestantize the Catholic mindset among both priests & laity

  • suit the interests of Satan more than God (e.g. due to presumption, lack of repentance)

  • encourage people to believe in new revelations & new doctrines which can't be true

  • fail to promote holiness

  • make people not concerned about judgment / cause people to deceive themselves about not being judged (remember what her writings claim about those who promote the devotion and about those who venerate the image)

  • overshadow true & worthy Catholic devotions (e.g. Rosary, Sacred Heart)

  • overshadow (and apparently contradict) true & worthy apparitions and their messages (e.g. Fatima) (see above)

  • cause sacraments not to be dispensed when they should be - even at death!

  • lead to sin (because there is no fear)

  • promote an improper mindset at the most critical hour of one's life (death)

  • distract persons away from the greatest celebration of all - Easter

  • cause persons to fail to do what should be done at death (get a priest vs. say a chaplet) - and this could cost souls!

  • make Catholics look bad to those outside the Church and possibly hinder others' conversions (how can the Church promote an apparition with contradictions & prophecies that didn't come true?)

  • scandalize Catholics (how can the Church promote an apparition with doctrinal issues, contradictions & prophecies that didn't come true?)

What other devotion risks such damage? Besides, Faustina's Divine Mercy devotion can seem so cultish, complete with shirts, bumper stickers, etc. for those supposedly 'enlightened' Catholics who are 'in love with' the message. Unfortunately, such persons may wholeheartedly hold fast to the devotion - come what may - because they 'feel' it is true, rather than because they have looked at the facts & applied critical thinking skills. It seems impossible to make headway with people who prefer to think with their feelings instead of with the head that God gave them.

And, should someone point to alleged good fruits from the devotion, I am reminded of Medjugorje [click here], which also claims supposed 'good fruits'. Even if there were some good fruits associated with this devotion, this can't compensate for the bad ones. Nor can supposed good fruits make a false devotion true. Furthermore, if people eventually come to realize their beloved devotion is false, they may lose their faith altogether.

Remember that NO NEW DOCTRINE can be added to the deposit of faith and that private revelations absolutely CANNOT BE REQUIRED for salvation - so it is TOTALLY SAFE to ignore this devotion.

And, considering that there is no real, indisputable proof for this devotion's authenticity, ignoring it should be even easier. Remember that...

  • Even though the Church may approve a devotion, it cannot with absolute certainly guarantee that the devotion is true and comes from God, nor can the Church impose the devotion or require belief in it

  • The assertions come from her diary and her alleged mystical experiences have no real, verifiable corroboration to speak of

  • Her writings contains many errors (see below), contradictions (see below), and false prophecies that did not materialize (see below), whereas true apparitions should be free of doctrinal errors and false prophecies

  • Her writings contain a number of elements that are theologically problematic (e.g. see here and here)

  • Faustina herself received spiritual counsel that "If these inspirations are not in accord with the faith or the spirit of the Church, they must be rejected immediately as coming from the evil spirit." (Diary, par. 55)

  • Unlike the apparitions at Fatima just a few years previous, Faustina's much more elaborate apparitions were NOT confirmed with a great sign (like the apparitions at Fatima were - i.e. the miracle of the sun)

  • There is a lack of visible proof concerning what Faustina claims - and others can't testify to seeing what she claims to have seen since so much of what she reports occurred internally. Furthermore, Faustina had her own doubts about what she saw (see above)

  • We know for a fact that Faustina can be deceived about what she saw (she admittedly burned her own diary after being deceived by a supposed angel who 'later turned out to be Satan' - and this even though she was supposedly under St. Michael's special protection!)

  • This devotion was originally prohibited by the Church - at a time when the Church had unquestionably sound judgment (as opposed to more recent times when scandalous ecumenical activities have occurred, when a pope has kissed the Koran, when a pope has apologized so frequently for the Church's past, etc.)

  • This 'happy' devotion conveniently fits in well with the Novus Ordo Mass of the 1960's which removed negative topics from scripture readings. And it also fits in well with the Vatican II novelty of using a "medicine of mercy" (and we see how poorly this 'medicine of mercy' has worked for decades now in the declining Church statistics!)

  • Everything concerning this devotion is essentially based on Faustina's own written testimony - with no cross examination possible

  • Even concerning supposed proofs (e.g. special knowledge regarding dying persons), we know that this information could have been imparted by an evil spirit (who has much to gain by people presuming in God's mercy instead of repenting)

  • Faustina's message contains so many phenomenal claims - for her, 'the miraculous is commonplace' - that it sets a very high bar for credibility, yet offers no real proof

  • Curiously, her message of mercy threatens damnation for a new 'mortal sin' that was never before heard of (namely failing to adore God's mercy). Imagine, threatening people that they must worship God's mercy under penalty of eternal ruin!

  • Also curiously & quite problematically, her message of mercy seems to practically short circuit the known & God-given means of mercy (e.g. perfect contrition, and in particular, the need for the sacrament of Penance).

So how is it possible that this devotion got Church approval? One thing is for sure, a fellow Pole (Pope John Paul II) liked the devotion and took it upon himself to get approval for the devotion and also obtained canonization of the Polish nun, Sister Faustina (previously the devotion was forbidden).

Normally it would be encouraging that something was promoted by a pope, but in this happens to be the same pope who kissed the Koran, gave away a Catholic icon, issued apologies for the Church's past, engaged in scandalous ecumenical activities, approved a scandalous ecumenical directory, failed to resolve problems with abusive priests, etc. (try here for related user article). So, we are unfortunately not able to be so sure with respect to his approval of this devotion - especially since it is not a matter where infallibility is involved.

Another possible reason the devotion received approval is that it tends to prop up Vatican II with its 'medicine of mercy'. Likewise, various persons in the Church wanting Faustina's ('pleasing-to-the-ears') message be true certainty didn't hurt! Perhaps the message was so liked that some particulars concerning her writings were 'overlooked' or excused away & rationalized.

Yet even despite the Church's approval, we must remember that...

  • Approval of the diary/devotion is NOT infallible

  • Approval of the diary/devotion does NOT guarantee that it is genuine

  • Canonization of Faustina does NOT guarantee that her experiences were genuine or that her 'doctrines' are true

  • The devotion CANNOT be imposed on us

  • We are NOT required to believe in the devotion

  • It is a very bad time in the Church today - a lot of things which have gone on in the Church's recent past are wrong, despite Church approval or being carried on by a prelate (e.g. scandalous sex ed programs, Communion in the hand, scandalous ecumenical activities, etc.)

  • It is unlikely that this devotion would been approved before Vatican II (again, it was previously forbidden). In fact, it is unlikely that this devotion would have been approved - or that the (Polish) Sister Faustina would have been canonized - under any other pope than the (also Polish) Pope John Paul II. Even staunch devotees of this devotion may freely admit these facts.

Yes, her diary may be captivating - complete with tales of heavenly beings, special graces, and a great heroine who seems to passionately love God & suffering - and it may be the "in" devotion in the Church today, but as good Catholics we must care about truth. Yes, God is very merciful, but that fact alone doesn't make Faustina's Divine Mercy devotion true. As indicated above, Faustina apparently does love God much, suffer much, and say many humble things. She also had no financial aim and no apparent malicious intent. Yet that doesn't prevent her from being unintentionally and sincerely misled (or even deceived by the prince of lies). One only has to look at the many errors, contradictions and false prophecies - not to mention astonishing claims and uncharacteristic portrayals of Jesus & Mary - in her writings to know that something is wrong.

Catholics must not put aside critical thinking skills. We are told in Holy Scripture to reject false teachings and we are also told in Holy Scripture that prophecies that don't come true were not from God. We must also remember that this devotion has great potential for harm (see above) and that the devil has much to gain by it (e.g. if people presume God's mercy instead of repenting). Faustina's Divine Mercy message is NOT the same message of repentance that is portrayed in Holy Scripture. Yes, God is merciful, but He doesn't say in Scripture that He wants us to worship and trust in His mercy. Rather, He tells us He wants us to stop sinning, repent, and utilize the sacraments so that we may receive His mercy!

In closing, I will leave with some questions to be pondered...

  • How can this devotion be true - particularly the threat of a new 'mortal sin' - considering that it is new doctrine, yet the idea of new doctrine has been condemned by the Church? (see above)

  • How can a devotion promoting mercy bring with it the threat of a new & previously unheard of 'mortal sin'?

  • How can her writings be true since they contain contradictions? (see below)

  • How can her writings be true since they contain prophecies that never came true? (see below)

  • How can the author's credibility be entirely assured given that she admitted to lying/misrepresenting herself in the past? (see above)

  • How can we believe that Jesus was so amazingly doting on Faustina considering that He was never known to be so doting to the real Apostles or to other saints, or even to His Blessed Mother?

  • How is it that a devotion focused on mercy does not contain a call to frequent Confession? Why is it not really a call to Confession at all? (Yes, there is some mention, but this is severely overshadowed by all the mercy talk - Confession is definitely NOT given much emphasis)

  • Why is it that the Church teaches us that forgiveness is based on repentance whereas Faustina gives the overall impression that mercy is given based on trust in mercy? Why is repentance from sin noticeably missing from most of her diary?

  • Why does the known Jesus emphasize avoiding sin, conversion & penance whereas Faustina's version of Jesus emphasizes trusting in mercy without much call to avoiding sin, conversion or penance?

  • Why do these alleged apparitions contain so much emphasis on the person of Sister Faustina - unlike other known apparitions (e.g. Fatima, Lourdes, etc.)?

  • How can we trust the theology of a nun who consented to the baptizing of an adult Jewish woman without her permission? Especially how can we trust the nun's theology considering that she rejoiced that this un-converted Jewish woman supposedly entered heaven despite the fact that she rejected Jesus and despite the fact that Jesus says faith is required for salvation? (see above)

  • Why does Faustina so frequently mention suffering & trials, which doesn't seem very characteristic for saints? (e.g. see here and here)

  • We see that Faustina constantly claims that Jesus came to reassure her - What other saint has received such attention? And why have others NOT received such attention?

  • Why does Faustina's version of Jesus seem to be so talkative during Mass?

  • How is it possible Faustina could have remembered conversations with Jesus, superiors, etc. in such amazing detail, right down to the words used? Especially since she was so frequently suffering? She writes paragraphs supposedly quoting Jesus and others (e.g. spiritual director), yet how many persons could remember in such amazing detail if they were not even taking notes?

  • Why do Faustina's writings claim that Jesus is taking such special care of her - like no one else ever before? How is this possible considering the many holy men and women who have come before and who never received such treatment from God?

  • Why is it that those that agree with her visions or think she is on the right path are supposedly enlightened by and please God & those who don't simply don't understand her, are vexing her, are with Satan, or haven't been enlightened by God?

  • If Jesus supposedly wants sermons on mercy, why did He himself typically speak of judgment rather than mercy? Have not preachers throughout history said that they receive the most conversions when they give sermons on hell? And why would Jesus ask for sermons on mercy precisely when most priests are already silent on hell?

  • How are we to accept that there is essentially no corroboration for her alleged experiences? That it's pretty much all based on unproven assertions in her own writings?

  • How are we to accept that God picks favorites (e.g. souls that are "particularly dear" and "especially chosen" souls)?

  • How are we to believe that Mary & Joseph kept leaving the infant Jesus with Faustina before disappearing?

  • Jesus' words and actions in her diary seem out of character based on the biblical portrayal of our Lord - yet Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So how can we believe Faustina's portrayal of Jesus?

  • How is it that Faustina can receive so many extraordinary praises and promises from God and make so few comments in response? Can you imagine the reaction you might have to some of the praise and promises she supposedly received directly from God?

  • How is it that Faustina can be so matter-of-fact when Jesus and Mary, etc. talk to her?

  • How do we know for sure that her visions are not just delusions / hallucinations / imaginings? Even she herself was not certain of her visions at times.

  • In her writings, she mentions her being a 'saint' and not being judged. Wouldn't other saints in their humility have run from such a message, fearing it was a delusion of the devil? Yet, she accepts it all in stride

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  • How is it Faustina mentions her suffering so much, but she is yet still able to write so very much?

  • By devotees' own admission, in burning her diary, Faustina promptly obeyed the devil - against obedience - who she thought was an angel. Isn't it therefore true that she is not the most trustworthy source concerning her visions? What other saint has a record like this?

  • Why does Faustina's version of Mary wear transparent clothing considering that transparent fabric is not modest? Certainly the Mother of God would never dress in an immodest manner!

  • Why is it that Faustina says Jesus cannot bear her tears (see Diary, par. 928)? How was he able to bear His Mother's tears during the Passion? Or everyone else's tears throughout history? But not Faustina's?

  • Why would Jesus say all that exists is Faustina's?

  • Why would Jesus offer to create a new world for Faustina?

  • If St. Michael was ordered to take "special care" of Faustina, why was she 'deceived by devil' into burning her diary?

  • Why is Faustina's message so often in contrast to what we find in Holy Scripture?

  • Why does Faustina make so little mention of people going to Confession for mercy considering that this is precisely the means Jesus established for dispensing mercy to sinners?

  • How is it that her version of Jesus impersonates a priest, sits in a chalice, plays on the altar, and rewards Jews who were baptized without their permission? Who can believe this is really Jesus?

  • How can we not question the uncharacteristic closeness - even physical closeness - that Faustina claims she has with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary? Since when are Jesus & Mary huggers?

  • When Faustina claims to have seen God the Father, why was there no fear? Compare her reaction with Moses'.

  • Why should we not be concerned about a devotion that is almost certain NOT to have received approval if it were not for the direct involvement of (the Koran-kissing, ever-ecumenical) Pope John Paul II? [Please Note: No disrespect is intended here]

  • If we just need to trust in and adore God's mercy for salvation, why does Scripture tell us to work out our salvation "with fear and trembling" (see Phil. 2:12)?

  • In Scripture, we are told to expect suffering and persecution - yet Faustina's version of Jesus keeps coming to console her when she experiences the slightest suffering. Who ever heard of Jesus being this doting on any other saint - including any of the martyrs who experienced great actual, physical suffering?

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